Howard teams up to defeat Oakland Mills, 73-60

January 13, 1994|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Contributing Writer

Featuring a showdown between two of the county's top three scorers, last night's Oakland Mills-at-Howard game generated much anticipation,

But Howard senior forward Javier Michaux, who entered averaging a team-high 22.3 points and 9.9 rebounds, led a team effort with 26 points and 10 rebounds in a 73-60 win over the Scorpions (5-4, 1-1).

"It really was a team effort," said Howard coach Kevin Broadus, whose Lions improved to 4-6, 1-1. "Javier stepped it up, as did the whole team on defense. We finally played for four quarters and that's what we need to do and haven't been doing."

Michaux did it all in the decisive fourth quarter, scoring 12 points, hauling down six rebounds, dishing out two assists and blocking a key shot with under two minutes left.

"First thing Coach told us to do tonight was to block out and keep Mike Hill off the boards because he can be a force with his offensive rebounds," Michaux said. "I think tonight was a sign we're starting to come together as a team."

While Michaux and his teammates rebounded from Friday night's tough 66-59 loss to county-leading Mount Hebron, Oakland Mills junior forward Michael Hill experienced a frustrating evening.

The 6-foot-2 Hill, one of the county's premier players with a 25-point average, started the game with two quick fouls, and it got worse.

Hounded on defense by the Lions, Hill did not make a basket until there was 1:22 left in the third quarter. He would score just one more basket to conclude a 2-for-9 shooting effort that saw him defended by Howard with an effective box-and-one.

"We used a box-and-one on him and Mike Green and Corey Curtis did an excellent job of keeping him off the boards," Broadus said of the two players given the tough chore of shutting down Hill (four points).

Oakland Mills received a solid offensive game from senior forward Antoine Barnes (23 points), whose 11 first-half points kept the Scorpions within 33-28 at intermission.

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